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Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Expanding Earth
Logo for Expanding Earth Exhibition
Travel, Encounter, and Exchange
On Exhibit February 9-May 19, 2017
Globalization is no recent phenomenon. People, ideas, and objects have always been on the move, encountering and changing one another as a result. This exhibit presents some of the textual and material residues of these encounters and travels, characteristic of past as well as present human activity and curiosity. Focusing on the years 1400 to 1800, the exhibit examines and looks beyond familiar Eurocentric ideas of exploration, conquest, and "discovery." Using manuscripts, printed books, drawings, maps, and artifacts, Expanding Earth highlights the movements of peoples, ideas, and goods across the world in their own words and in material objects.
2017 Jay. I Kislak Program
To the Ends of the Earth
Thursday, March 2, 5:30 PM - Conference Keynote and Exhibition Reception
Friday, March 3-4, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM - Conference

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, sixth floor
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE | Video of the March 2nd Keynote Address

Celebrating the themes of our newest exhibition, Expanding Earth, this conference will explore the transmission and translation of material and cultural practices, cartography, exploration, migration (forced and voluntary) and the changing geographies of liminal spaces. A group of international scholars from several disciplines will examine topics including textual production from early modern Italy to twentieth-century Africa, as well as the racialization of space from Victorian England to nineteenth-century California. Keynote address by Michael A. Gomez, New York University, a leading scholar of Africa and the African Diaspora.
For the preliminary schedule and additional information.

Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm
For further information (215.898.7088 or rbml@pobox.upenn.edu)
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)